Franchise Weekend – Jarhead 3 The Siege (2016)

Director: William Kaufman

Writer: Chad Law, Michael D Weiss (Screenplay)

Starring: Charlie Weber, Scott Adkins, Tom Ainsley, Erik Valdez, Dante Basco, Sasha Jackson, Dennis Haysbert

 

Plot: A group of Marines must protect a US Embassy in the Middle East when it suddenly comes under attack from enemy forces.

 

Runtime: 1 Hour 35 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Basic Siege Movie

 

Story: Jarhead 3: The Siege starts as new recruit Evan Albright (Weber) who has just gotten a role working in the US Embassy in the Middle East, welcomed by Hansen (Ainsley) and under the orders from Gunny Raines (Adkins) with the job to protect the Ambassador Cahill (Hogan). With Evan going through the lesson of how to operate in the embassy we are ready to begin.

Evan notices somebody outside the normal outside the embassy, which soon sees him learning the lessons of the protocol. The marines find the embassy under siege and must use all their training to keep the Ambassador alive against countless enemies.

 

Thoughts on Jarhead 3: The Siege

 

Characters – Evan is the newest marine bought into the embassy, he does fill in the gaps for the protocol that must be followed by the team, learn to work with the rest of the unit and is the first to suspect something is going on around the embassy and ends up being the one leading the fight back. Gunny Raines is the leader of the marines, you play by his rules or face the consequences. Major Lincoln is the one leading the rescue attempt, bringing the back-up required to hopefully help the stranded marines, spends most of the film in a helicopter racing to the scene. Olivia Winston is the computer operative at the embassy, she like Evan has bigger dreams when it comes to rising up through the military rankings.

PerformancesCharlie Weber does take the leading role here where we follow his character entering the world, he works as a soldier never setting the world alight, which can be same for the whole cast sees Scott Adkins, Sasha Jackson and Dennis Haysbert.

StoryThe story here follows a newly recruit marine in an US embassy that must deal with a siege from the locals on the building meaning he will join the marines to show off their skills to defend the embassy. This is one of the simplest stories you will ever see, we follow Evan as he and we learn the lay of the land, the siege is everything you would expect too, following the usual ideas of needing to have safety and out live the numbers that are trying to kill you. It does feel like the story is safe rather than challenging.

Action/WarThe action plays into the war side of the film, we get plenty of military manoeuvres to see bullets flying around.

SettingsThe settings in the film show us the embassy and how the marines operate within it, we see how this makes the positions difficult to defend.


Scene of the Movie –
The escape.

That Moment That Annoyed Me It is too by the books.

Final ThoughtsThis is an easy to follow military action film, it doesn’t do anything wrong, only it just seems to be by the book and overly safe.

 

Overall: Safe Military Film.

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Dominion: The Last Star Warrior (2015)

Director: Richard Lowry

Writer: Richard Lowry (Screenplay) Erick Hansen (Story)

Starring: Barry Lynch, Travis Hammer, Christine Joelle, Booboo Stewart, Lisa Marie, Sasha Jackson

 

Plot: In just FIVE days the world we know will change forever with devastating results. Jaelen an observer from another planet searches to find and rescue the human woman he fell in love with before it all happens. Robert Casey a retired US Intelligence agent turned UFO investigator races to discover what the yet to be known DOMINION has in store for the Human race.


Tagline – In just five days human existence as we know it will change forever.

Runtime: 1 Hour 23 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Thinking Persons Invasion Movie

 

Story: Dominion: The Last Star Warrior starts with retired US Intelligence agent Robert Casey (Lynch) who is interviewing a stranger Jaelen (Hammer) in his UFO investigation about an impending attack on Earth that will end life as we know it. Jaelen is from a different world and normally his people would defend against the attack, but they are battling their own war, other peaceful aliens including Tonjura (Marie) offer advice on how to prepare before evacuating themselves.

Jaelan unwilling to leave before his human love Alyssa (Joelle) is safe and freed from the torture of the government that has been warned about the ending coming, Robert races against time to help Jaelen before it is too late.

 

Thoughts on Dominion: The Last Star Warrior

 

Characters – Robert Casey is a former intelligence officer turn UFO hunter, he has a reputation for be honest in his hunt which has him welcomed into the community but hunted by his former employers. He helps Jaelen find his love while keeping the secret and accepting his fate. He has the smarts to stay ahead of the people in his field and understands that he can’t be the one to save anybody. Jaelen is the alien living among the humans, he has broken his own traditions by falling in love with a human and even though he knows the end is coming he won’t leave without her. Alyssa is the woman that Jaelen has fallen in love with, she is captured and being tortured in hope of locating Jaelen before he gives away the secret, she is the driving force for Jaelen and Robert to do the right thing.

PerformancesThe performances from the cast are good through the film, Barry Lynch gives us a truly believable character that is in search of the truth, both smart and ready to ask the difficult questions. Travis Hammer makes us believe his is from another planet through the film, Christine Joelle does well enough, she doesn’t have that much to do other than to have been in pain.

StoryThe story here follows the final days of Earth as we know it, we follow an UFO investigation and an alien as they race against time to locate a love and save as many humans as possible before the end date. The story does tell us from the opening that Earth did end and we follow the events leading up to this which is helpful because it changes the tone of the film, to be looking at where things could be going from an unknown invader. It shows love can cross any race and across the universe too. This isn’t all action, it plays into the idea of conspiracy which often get laughed off, while it turns out to be real, it does make this very interesting to see unfold.

Action/Sci-FiThe action is used few and far between, we have a couple of weak and basic car chases that seem very easy and have no peril. The sci-fi side of this is the highlight as we are left to see the idea of different species and races in the universe that have different ideas for Earth.

SettingsThe film uses the settings to place us where you would expect to see UFO investigators would be operating in.

Special EffectsThe effects are not used often, they are not the best but they work because we only have the inclusion of UFOs over fighting versions of them.


Scene of the Movie –
Final act.

That Moment That Annoyed Me The UFOs do like generic.

Final ThoughtsThis is a thinking sci-fi film, it isn’t about the battle for survival, it is look at how it will end, which is a nice twist and does play into the ideas of both good and bad in the universe.

 

Overall: Sci-fi fans to try this one out.

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